Obituaries 05/18/2023


Francis ‘Lorraine’ Walton

  Francis “Lorraine” Walton, 87, of Rising Sun, passed away on Tuesday, May 9th after a short illness. Her family was by her side as the Lord called her home.

  Lorraine was born September 27th, 1935 to Elias (Bud) and Wilma Gullion Ballard, of Florence, Indiana. She was the sixth child out of seven and spent her early years attending Florence and Patriot School Districts.

  She married the love of her life, Benjamin Garfield Walton. They were married December 24th, 1952 and their home was blessed with three children; Saundra, Steve and Gene. Garfield and Lorraine were happily married until his passing, February 22nd, 2011.

  Lorraine began her career in 1956 as a car hop for Frisch’s Restaurant. Later she was named Manager of the Lawrenceburg location and after 43 years, she retired in 1993.

  Lorraine was a devoted mother and grandmother. Any event her grandkids were in, she would be on the front row cheering them on, even her great grandchildren and she was proud of them all. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Her meatloaf, potato salad and bundt cakes were a family favorite.

  Her best friend was her sister, Laverne Hayes. They were affectionately known by everyone. Regularly called the “sisters who made you hoot and holler” with their funny antics. Their love and devotion to caring for one another was obvious.

  Lorraine is survived by her children: Saundra and Kenny Stanley, Steve and Debbie Walton, and Gene and Lisa Walton — all of Rising Sun; by her grandchildren: Amber and Butch Johnson, Dana Walton, and Dawn and Jason Walcott — all of Rising Sun, Steve and Whittney Walton of Cincinnati, Ohio, Alesha Stanley and Andrew Clapp of Sunman, Indiana, Gina and Brent Bascom of Osgood, Indiana, Shanda Walton and Aaron Thom of Milan, Indiana, and Jodi and Todd Baker of Seymour, Indiana; by her great-grandchildren: Logan, Noah, Jordon, Jacob, and Josh Johnson, Wyatt Walton, Loralei Housemeyer, Alayna and Alyssa Walcott — all of Rising Sun, Roman, Wynne, and Wren Walton of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dalton, Emma, and Reed Traue of Aurora, Indiana, Megan and Mason Bascom of Osgood, Indiana, Allen and Jaylee Baker of Seymour, Indiana, and Chase, Brenden and Kaityln Stanley of Kentucky; by her sister, Laverne Hayes of Rising Sun; and by a host of nieces and nephews.

  Preceding her in death were her parents, Elias Bud and Wilma Gullion Ballard; her husband Benjamin Garfield Walton; her grandson Brian Stanley; her brothers: Raymond and Norman Ballard; and her sisters: Ruth Kelly, Hazel Eldridge and Evelyn Hon.

  Public graveside services were held on Friday, May 12th, at the Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Church of The Nazarene or the Michael Hayes Scholarship Fund. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Calvin Smith  

  Calvin C. Smith, 66, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023, at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Calvin was born in Manchester, Kentucky on October 30th, 1956. He was the son of the late Walter Smith and Demirtus (Gregory) Smith. He was a graduate of Connor High School in Hebron, Kentucky and spent many years working as a car salesman for George Walter Pontiac-Buick Dealership in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Calvin married Kim (Pribble) Smith on February 14th, 1987 and spent many love-filled years together.

  Calvin loved to fish, watch Nascar, and listen to the Beatles. Calvin was also a big University of Kentucky basketball and Bengals football fan. 

  Calvin is survived by his wife Kim; by his son John (Kristy) Smith; by his daughter Jennifer Roth; by his brothers: Farlon (Becky) Smith and Jimmy (Ruth) Smith; by his granddaughters: Taylor Carrigan, Lexi Carrigan, Kenna Carrigan, and Harper Smith; and by his grandson Easton Roth.

  Calvin was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers, Dwayne and Darrell Smith.

  Services will be held later at the convenience of the family.

  Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Ann Pike

  Ann H. (Hedges) Pike, age 86, of Vevay, passed away at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Ann entered this life on September 9th, 1936 in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. She was the loving daughter of the late Thomas Dudley Hedges, Sr. and Mary G. (Gardner) Hedges. She was raised in Charlestown, Indiana and was a 1955 graduate of Charlestown High School. She furthered her education in Nursing and interned at the Madison State Hospital in Madison.

  Ann was united in marriage to Frank Dee Pike and they shared many years together.

  Ann was formerly employed for the Charlestown Powder Plant. She was later employed for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center as a MDS Coordinator and QMA from 1985-2005. Ann also helped her husband on the family farm for many years.

  Ann enjoyed gardening, chickens, peacocks, cats and all animals.

  Ann will be missed by her daughter: Karen Downing and her husband Scott of Sterling, Kansas; by her sons: Michael Saunders and his wife Pam of Sellersburg, Indiana, Franklin Dee Pike and his wife Sharon of Erlanger, Kentucky, William “Billy” Lee Pike and his wife Tanya of Bennington, Indiana, and David Gardner Pike of East Enterprise, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Matthew Downing and his wife Kendra, Andrew Downing, Zachary Downing, Bradley Saunders, Derek Pike, Mariah Pike, Hunter Pike, Amanda Krall and her husband Matt, Sydney Sefton and her husband Trevor, Will Pike, Logan Pike and his wife Rachel, and Emily Pike; by her great-grandchildren: Daxton Savage, Ramsey Krall, Locklan Krall, Maverick Sefton, Bexlee Sefton and Lily LouAnn Saunders; by her sisters: Nina Gayle of Vevay, Betty Hedges of Chicago, Illinois, and Rebecca Bridgewater of Tallahassee, Florida; by her brother Thomas Hedges, Jr. of Concord, North Carolina; and by her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Thomas Dudley Hedges, Sr. and Mary G. (Gardner) Hedges; by her husband, Frank Dee Pike, who died on November 26th, 2019; by her infant brother, David Stanley Hedges; by her brother-in-law, Stanley N. “Sonny” Gayle, Jr.; and by her nephew, Michael Gayle.

  Visitation was held on Friday, May 12th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Friday, May 12th, by Reverend Bobby O’Banion at the funeral home.

  Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Barbara Peelman

  Barbara Jean (Gullion) Peelman, age 77, of Vevay, passed away at 5:36 a.m. on Thursday, May 11th, 2023, at her residence.

  Barbara entered this life on October 30th, 1945 in Patriot. She was the loving daughter of the late Verle and Mary Barbara (Chandler) Gullion. Barbara was raised on Bennington Pike and attended Vevay High School. She later earned her GED from Versailles Career Center when she was 50 years old and she was very proud of that.

  Barbara was united in marriage to Harold M. Peelman on May 15th, 1971 in Vevay, and they shared nearly 49 years together until his passing on March 29th, 2020.

  Barbara was formerly employed for Randall Textron for 30 years as a production worker from 1966-1996. She also worked for Dorman Products in Warsaw, Kentucky from 1996-2008, retiring after 12 years of service. Later, along with her daughter-in-law, Bev, cleaned several homes around the area.

  She resided in the Switzerland County community all of her life. Barbara enjoyed cleaning, cooking, flowers, dog, cats, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  Barbara will be missed by her sons: Harold Leon “HL” Gullion and his wife Bev of Vevay, James Robert Lock of Madison, and Verle Leslie Lock of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Michael Harold Gullion of Vevay and Jamie Lee Gullion and his wife Kirstie of Vevay; by her great-grandchildren: Samantha and Colton Gullion; by her sister-in-law, Anna D. (Lock) Sanders of Vevay; and by her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Verle and Mary Barbara (Chandler) Gullion; by her husband, Harold M. Peelman; by her sisters: Ethel Marie Adamski, Dianna Sue Konkle and Mary Ann Leap; by her brothers: Reverend George Elmer “Buddy” Gullion and Robert Leslie “Lee” Gullion; by her brothers-in-law: Michael J. “Mike” Leap, Donald Konkle, Sr. and Don Adamski, Sr.; and by her niece Mary Jane Konkle.

  Private services will be held at a later date.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Jeffrey Gunnoe

  Jeffrey Lynn “Jeff” Gunnoe, age 67, of Vevay, passed away on Monday, May 8th, 2023, at his residence.

  Jeffrey entered this life on May 2nd, 1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late Hamilton Piermont and Colleen Marie (Fite) Gunnoe. Jeff was raised in Miami Heights, Ohio and was a 1974 graduate of Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio.

  Jeff was a former volunteer fire fighter for Miami Township Fire Department. He also was employed for the USPS Bulk Mail Center in Sharonville, Ohio for several years and later worked for the Town of Vevay for 10 years.

  Jeff enjoyed hunting, fishing, fabricating, tinkering, welding and metal work. 

 Jeffrey will be missed by his friend, Bennett Kern and his companion Carla Roberts of Bennington, Indiana; and by his several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Hamilton Piermont and Colleen Marie (Fite) Gunnoe; by his companion, Marian Lloyd, who died on August 2nd, 2020; and by his sisters: Donna Marie Hagy and Linda K. Campbell.

  Jeff’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are being held at this time.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Drakes Ridge, Inc. Cards are available at the funeral home.

David Adams

  David “Dave” Lee Adams, age 66 of Canaan, Indiana near Cross Plains, Indiana, passed away on Thursday May 4th, 2023 at Manderley Health Campus in Osgood, Indiana.

  David was born on August 21st, 1956 in Madison, the son of the late Benny and Louise (Morris) Adams, Jr.

  David was a graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  David worked a few various jobs before finding his true passion. He attended the Police Academy and began his law enforcement career. It would span several years, first working for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, then the Ripley County Sheriff Department, and finishing his law career as Marshal for the Town of Versailles.

  He had grown up on the family farm near Cross Plains and developed a deep love for the outdoors. He enjoyed trap shooting, competing across the Midwest. David had spent several years competing in various barrel races, making friends across the country.

  He met Nancy Binz in July of 1993 they were united in marriage. The two of them continued their passion together camping, riding horses, and loved traveling to Gatlinburg.

  He will be missed by his daughters: Alesha (Fred) Neal and Rhea Jean (Ben) McAfee; by his sons: Christopher Cook and Raymond (Heather) Cook; by his sister Susan (Steve) Shackleford of Vevay; by his granddaughters: Olivia and Raelynn; and by his grandson Liam.

  He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy; by his parents; and by his granddaughter Lacy.

  Visitation was held on Monday May 8th, at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, Indiana.

  At the time of Nancy’s passing, David had his own health issues and services for Nancy were delayed, therefore on Monday May 8th funeral services will be held for both of them.